These air fryer pasta chips are a popular Tiktok trend. Made with cooked pasta that’s air fried and tossed with olive oil, garlic, seasonings and Parmesan cheese. Kids love this crunchy snack.
Pasta chips aren’t chips in the same way as potato chips, but they satisfy a very similar carby, savory craving. It’s a novel way to try a classic snack and we absolutely love this twist on a family favorite.
Air Fryer Pasta Chips
This crunchy, tasty pasta snack is so addicting. You simply won’t want to stop enjoying these tasty little morsels. They taste awesome dipped in a marinara or garlic sauce, too.
The trick for air fryer pasta chips is to cook your pasta al dente before you add the pasta to the air fryer. Uncooked pasta is too dry and will just get hot and brittle, and remain uncooked, if you put it straight in the air fryer. You actually need to cook the pasta before you add it to the air fryer and turn it into crunchy, edible pasta chips. Otherwise you’re just eating uncooked pasta.
- Pasta: We recommend rigatoni pasta for this recipe. These are tube noodles with ridges along the edge to help sauce and seasoning to stick to the pasta. They’re short and stocky, so they’re easy to grab with your fingers.
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Italian seasoning
- Parmesan cheese
How To Make Air Fryer Pasta Chips
To make this awesome appetizer, you’ll want to cook your rigatoni al dente. Al dente is an Italian term that means “to the tooth”, where the pasta is cooked to the point of still having a little “bite”.
Also be sure to heavily salt your water for cooking pasta. Italians say the water should be as salty as the sea!
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 F. Once your noodles are cooked, drain them, then add to a bowl, drizzling two tablespoons of oil (preferably extra virgin olive oil) over them. Toss the noodles in the bowl with the oil until they’re coated nicely.
- Then you’re going to line the basket of your air fryer with a single layer of cooked rigatoni. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches to ensure you don’t overcrowd the basket.
- Now you’ll air fry the pasta for eight to ten minutes until they are golden brown. Transfer your pasta chips to a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine any remaining oil with garlic, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper. Combine this mixture well and pour it over your pasta chips. Top generously with parmesan cheese and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. We recommend a marinara sauce or a lovely homemade garlic sauce.
Yes! It’s pretty easy to make pasta chips in the oven. If you don’t have an air fryer, or simply prefer oven cooking, you can make this snack pretty easily. First, preheat your oven to 425 F, and follow the instructions on this recipe. Bake your cooked pasta for 20-25 minutes as ovens don’t cook things as quickly as air fryers. Your pasta might not get quite as crispy as in an air fryer, but it’s going to be every bit as tasty.
We love Instant Vortex Air Fryer. Overall, the best air fryer is the one that is big enough for your needs and can make the food you like. A larger family will necessitate a larger air fryer, or you’ll be making everything in batches.
- Cook your pasta al dente. The classic trick to see if your pasta is cooked al dente is to bite into it and see if there’s a tiny trace of white right in the middle. For rigatoni, there should be a tiny - like half a millimeter or less - ring of white through the middle of the pasta’s circumference. Overcooking your pasta makes it too soft, while undercooking it will leave it too hard, especially since we’re baking the pasta in the air fryer. To cook your pasta al dente, we recommend cooking it for about a minute less than the package instructions. American packaging typically asks you to cook your pasta to be soft all the way through, not al dente.
- Cook the pasta in batches. Don't overcrowd your air fryer basket for the best results.
- Shake the basket a few times.
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